Filling Your Niche

Definition of a Stepparent

“Why doesn’t Miss L ever come here with you?” asked my eldest niece in between rounds of hide-n-seek last weekend. “Oh. Well, Miss L doesn’t live with us, kiddo,” I explained. “She lives with her mom in Florida, and we just see her a few times a year.” “She lives with her mom? YOU’RE not…

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Disengaging Essay

The Disengaging Essay

On every stepparenting forum, you’ll find users sharing links to The Disengaging Essay all sneaky-like, like they’re passing notes or hiding a secret addiction. And it’s true that The Disengaging Essay is controversial. It’s also true that disengaging from your stepkids has been a hardcore sanity saver for more than one stepparent out there. The original version was written by an…

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Stepparenting PTSD

I’ve had one of those weeks where several things intersected from unexpected directions. First, Miss G had some extra credit to take care of, which involved watching movies related to the historical era she’s studying and then writing papers about them. They’re wading through WWI and WWII right now, so yesterday we watched Saving Private…

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